Unchained Heather Wrath
This ex-Hellcult project offers a variety of styles on one disc. The first
song reminds of Burzum's slower-paced, almost droning metal cuts. The second
song can find a reference point in mid-era Darkthrone. The third tune is
highly folkish in nature with puffed-up "Viking" vocals ala Storm.
The fourth song finds itself wrapped in the low-fi, rehearsal blackmetal
style of the French underground. In the fifth song, Wyrd finds a more
original voice with a slow-paced, somewhat folky and melancholic
sounding riff. Then again on the sixth song, Wyrd can be compared to the
simple (yet effective) German-style Oi-black metal of Absurd. And finally,
the last track is an atmospheric key orchestrated Tolkien-esque ditty.
Despite all the references to other bands, Wyrd impresses with their ability
to create a good song with a classic low-fi production. A decent debut which
will keep this reviewer on the lookout for the next release.
© 2001 j. mcintyre